More than ever, the risks of cyberattacks are becoming a reality and their impact can be devastating. Even for a small start-up organization or a medium sized business, protecting data and business operations against digital threats have become top priority. SMEs are often the target of cyberattacks especially because of their lack of resources to implement advanced protocols. Fortunately, basic cybersecurity measures exist to strengthen online defences, reduce vulnerabilities and protect infrastructures. Here are the top 3 essential rules, practical advice and valuable information to help you make the right decisions regarding IT security.
- Manage passwords and two factor authentication
Perpetrators of threats know that most people repeat the same passwords for their various applications. To slow down their malicious attempts, encourage the use of complex, strong and unique passwords or phrases for each device and account. Using password managers can also make it easier to store identification information securely. In addition to relying on secret codes to protect your devices, you should also make use of multifactor authentication. The user must prove their identity in multiple ways to open a session thereby providing an additional layer of protection.
- Install firewalls and regular updates
Malicious entities target known vulnerabilities and infrastructure breaches. Installing a firewall and antivirus software allows you to actively monitor network traffic, look for suspicious activity and filter threats. Threats can then be targeted and suppressed as they appear. To be completely effective, ensure that all software and applications are updated regularly. Corrective measures allow you to fill in the gaps, fix bugs and improve the performance of operating systems.
- Training and awareness
Awareness about online fraud means educating your personnel about cyber crimes, such as phishing, to help them identify them and avoid falling into traps. Training also constitutes one of the major means of defense against cyberthreats. Employees are then better equipped to deal with risks connected to their everyday activities. Finally, develop and implement clear measures and ensure that every member of your team is well aware of these policies.
By implementing basic cybersecurity protocols, SMEs can significantly reduce their exposure to the risk of attacks and can protect their data and business operations. In any event, we highly recommend consulting an IT security expert to obtain advice specific to your business. MicroAge is here to help.